Orleans Parish man sues over metal hip replacement

By The Louisiana Record | Apr 21, 2015

According to a lawsuit filed April 1 in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana, Benjamin C. Moise II is suing Biomet Orthopedics LLC, which manufactured the metal-on-metal hip replacement device Moise had surgically installed on Dec. 1, 2004, but which had to be explanted on Nov. 20, 2014.

"Metal-on-metal hip devices like the Biomet hip implants pose unreasonable risks of metal debris, metal ion contamination, cobalt and/or chromium contamination, site specific cancers, as well as other health risks," according to the lawsuit. "The devices have exhibited excessive failure rates, accelerated wear and are prone to premature failure. Cobalt and chromium contamination and metal ion effects can be latent, longstanding, severe and life-threatening, affecting the central nervous system, heart, kidney, lungs and other organs. They represent continuing health risks to purchasers who received a device (whether explanted or not), as high cobalt and chromium levels have been shown to persist in some patients even after explantation."

Moise seeks unspecified damages.

Moise is represented by attorney Patrick H. Hufft of New Orleans.

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana, case No. 2:15-CV-01023-SM-KWR.

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